Anni Stone Of Mesa Home Shares Why Repurposed Vintage Is So Cool
Mesa Home is the passion project of owner Anni Stone, DJ, seamstress, curator and connector. The store showcases Stone’s unique aesthetic and talent for repurposing pieces that may have otherwise been overlooked, creating a cool vibe and unique selection of merchandise that changes often. Dying to know the story about the shop that has become one of our favorites, we chatted with Stone to get more information on her aesthetic, and what she looks for when she’s stocking her shelves.
What inspired you to open your store?
My father had passed away in 2014, and he sold and traded Native jewelry and Stetson hats my entire upbringing. I was gifted a little bit of his collection and that made me feel comfortable with opening the store. I had been doing pop-ups and stuff like that and I could get all the rest, I just couldn’t get the unique, expensive, handmade, old—almost museum-like—items. So once I had those, I just took the leap.
Why is repurposing clothing important? How can one go about taking something old and making it new again?
There’s so much material that goes to the landfill, and I like to be creative in that way and finding new ways to use unworn pieces. I used to make clothing from scratch—from patterns and such. It wasn’t very cost-effective. Having that creative outlet with ‘80s and ‘90s clothing and turning it into something that you wouldn’t necessarily see as “Oh my gosh!” and making it be that just makes me feel good. It’s a good feeling.
How would you describe your aesthetic and process when it comes to curating your selection, as well as repurposing pieces?
Prints are really big right now and I’m very into ‘70s-, ‘80s-, ‘90s-era clothing and items. If I could fill this entire shop with the Huxtables’ wardrobe from the ‘80s, that’s what it would be. I love the loud prints paired with some minimalist pieces. I like to keep it mismatched in here—I don’t like anything to be perfect.
Your store features a lot of pop-up shops. What do you look for in a maker or brand that you would feature?
Artistic. And I try not to do anything that’s already been done necessarily. The last pop-up shop we had, Sh/i Jewelry, Alicia Rightens takes clay and fires it, it turns to bronze and it’s just amazing. I really was excited about that one. This month is Lily Kiti and she does chokers. I love when somebody has that attention to detail. Instagram is huge for finding people, but I do like to keep it local.
Tell us about some of your favorite pieces at the moment.
My favorite pieces would be any of the Levi’s—I’m obsessed with Levi’s right now. Denim—Wranglers, Rustlers—the more distressed the better. The Rustlers remind me of my grandpa; that’s all he wore. That nostalgic clothing from when I grew up, whether it be the loud prints or the crop tops, that what I really get; it makes you feel good.
What do you love about operating a small business in St. Louis?
Being my own boss, that’s the best part of it–and being able to spend time with my son—that’s the whole reason for it. But being on Cherokee Street has allowed me to literally start with just a vision, not much else, and I didn’t feel bad about doing so. It takes time to acquire different things. I really like the fact that when I’m looking back at my pictures from the opening, I think, “That’s all I had in here?” Cherokee is just a creative spot and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.